This is my pandemonium prize. Hobie Lynx pedal kayak.
Actually, I bought it because of my pacemaker. What? Yes... I had a pacemaker installed 2 years ago, and now I had to get another (new and improved) pacemaker. Why? Paddling is the suspect, although not officially the culprit. Apparently there is a good possibility that my paddling motion had partially severed one of my pacemaker leads because of a nearby tendon.
There is something to be said for pedaling. It's great for fishing and photography. It keeps my hands free to do what I want, like take pictures underwater, or reel in the 'big one'. The pedal system provides a great amount of torque for pushing through the water. It is reasonably fast... almost as fast as my ultralight canoe. But that torque, and free hands, allows me to actually tow other kayaks/canoes who's paddlers are getting tired arms.
Disadvantages? My ultralight canoe weighs 21lbs, with the seat. This weighs around 50lbs with the seat and pedals, although I've never officially weighed it. Although it has wheels to put underneath, it makes portage a bit tougher, especially over rocky terrain.
Advantages? That peddle system gives you a lot of power. The kayak design is looks like a modified SOT board, with an actual bow to split the water. The seat reminds me of a lawn chair, very comfy. I don't think it's possible to tip this over - ever! So that means I can be more indiscriminate when it comes to throwing my body weight around. Plus now I've got a huge area up front and in the rear for 'stuff'.
All in all, it was a switch I HAD to make if I wanted to keep paddling, but it was well worth it. Did I mention this is a brand new model by Hobie? It's their lightest non-inflateable. They can be hard to find, but this one came from Connecticut... by the grace of God go I.